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Understanding Your Thyroid

Thyroid. What is it? What does it do? How do I know if there’s an issue?

Your thyroid gland plays an important part in the metabolism, growth and development of the human body. The thyroid gland produces triiodothyronine T3, and thyroxine T4. With the help of the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland knows whether or not to release more or less hormones into the bloodstream. An imbalance in over or underproduction of these hormones can cause a great number of symptoms.

In a hypothyroid state, where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid, one may experience weight gain, constipation, loss and thinning of hair, depression, fatigue, menstrual disorders and muscle aches.

In a hyperthyroid state, where the thyroid is over-producing thyroid hormones, a patient may experience weight loss, frequent bowel movements, hair loss, sweating, nervousness, heat intolerance, tremors, and a rapid heartbeat.

Experts have different recommendations regarding the testing and treatment of thyroid conditions. Regardless, functional medicine strategies are highly effective to help with low functioning thyroid issues through diet and lifestyle modifications, and addressing the root cause of the imbalance.

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